Chamber PAC Backs Strong Leadership for Dorchester County’s Future

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (CMCC PAC) announces its endorsements of George Bailey, Jay Byars and David Chinnis for re-election to Dorchester County Council.

In order to be considered for the endorsement, candidates completed a written questionnaire and participated in an interview with members of the CMCC PAC. During the process, they were asked about key issues facing Dorchester County and the metro region including infrastructure, long-range planning and housing attainability. After extensive review, the PAC Board voted to endorse three incumbent candidates with proven leadership track records.

“All of the candidates endorsed by the CMCC PAC support a positive business climate and are aligned with the Chamber’s Sustainable Growth Ethic,” said Chappy McKay, chairman of the CMCC PAC. “All are committed to serving constituents in their districts and also understand the connection between local decisions and the continued economic prosperity of the larger region.”

In addition to alignment with the Chamber on critical issues, each candidate was endorsed based on their individual experience.

George Bailey, running in District 3, has an established history of pragmatic leadership for Dorchester County and statewide. He understands the need to continue investing in infrastructure to enhance quality of life for residents and is well-positioned to help advance key projects that will require stakeholder support.

Jay Byars, running in District 7, is a dedicated public servant who understands firsthand the challenges of operating a private business. During his eight years on County Council and tenure as Chairman, Byars has consistently made decisions that align with the balance, choice and stewardship values embodied in the Chamber’s Sustainable Growth Ethic. He understands the importance of a strong business climate to grow jobs in Dorchester County and infrastructure investment so more residents can enjoy better lives.

David Chinnis, running in District 2,  understands the advantages of growing in a smart way and embraces appropriate mixed-use development solutions to expand housing opportunities and mitigate traffic. He is also a strong supporter of parks to enhance quality of life.

There are a number of strong candidates running for County Council and all are passionate about serving the public. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee believes the three candidates it chose to endorse are the best candidates based on their likelihood to support balanced, sustainable growth and vote in favor of a strong business climate.

About the Chamber PAC:

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee is an autonomous organization that serves as the political arm of the Charleston Metro Chamber and is governed by an independent board of directors. The PAC’s mission is to evaluate and support candidates for local and state office who acknowledge, support and actively vote for pro-business policies and legislation.

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